Van Dieman’s Land, until 1824, was merely a dependency of New South Wales controlled by a small number of officials responsible to their senior counterparts in Sydney.

The advent of Colonel Arthur as Lieutenant-Governor in 1824 foreshadowed the granting of independence. Arthur, apparently perturbed at the malpractices rife in the colony and aware that the duties of Auditor had been previously attached to the Accounts Branch of the Commissariat Department in Sydney, acted on his own initiative to create the additional office of Auditor of Civil Accounts on 25 November 1826. This was in effect, the first Auditor-General of Tasmania.

G. T. W. B. Boyes served as the first Auditor-General from 1826-1853.  The title was originally Civil Auditor (1826-1853), then Colonial Auditor (1853-1887), and to Auditor-General from 1888.

Since the appointment of G. T. W. B. Boyes, there have been seventeen Auditors-General serving Tasmania and reporting to Parliament.

The Tasmanian Audit Office now performs over 110 audits of State public sector agencies, local governments, statutory authorities, government business enterprises and state-owned corporations.

Auditors-General of Tasmania

G. T. W. B. Boyes (Civil Auditor) 1826-1853
E. J. Manley (Colonial Auditor) 1853-1873
W. Lovett (Colonial Auditor) 1873-1894
J. W. Israel 1895-1901
C. Mitchell 1902-1909
J. E. Bennison 1909-1916
E. H. Pretyman 1916-1937
F. J. Batt 1937-1947
A. Templeman 1947-1951
H. E. Roberts 1951-1959
W. O. Jennings 1959-1960
N. E. Casey 1960-1977
J. G. Lennox 1977-1979
J. M. Nichols 1979-1984
D. E. Kirby 1984-1991
A. J. McHugh 1991-2003
H. M. Blake 2004-2016
R. J. Whitehead 2016-Today


The complete history of the Tasmanian Audit Office is available in our hardcover book, Independence – a Foundation of Accountability. This publication can be purchased from the Office or local Tasmanian bookstores.